China FA, Camacho headed for arbitration over pay

The legal counsel for China’s Football Association says

arbitration is likely to be required to settle the severance pay

for fired national team coach Jose Antonio Camacho.

Tian Fengchang told the official Xinhua News Agency on Saturday

that financial negotiations between the two sides had reached a


The association fired Camacho last month following a 5-1 loss to

Thailand, saying the Spaniard had failed to achieve expected

results with China’s world ranking plummeting.

Camacho was appointed in 2011 with expectations of leading the

team to the 2014 World Cup.

On Friday, Camacho’s lawyer told Xinhua that his client would

seek assistance from FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport to

settle the dispute.